The Breadwinner: A Graphic Novel
Other adaptation by Nora Twomey
Publication Date January 01, 2018
This beautiful graphic-novel adaptation of The Breadwinner animated film tells the story of eleven-year-old Parvana who must disguise herself as a boy to support her family during the Taliban’s rule in Afghanistan.
Parvana lives with her family in one room of a bombed-out apartment building in Kabul, Afghanistan’s capital city. Parvana’s father — a history teacher until his school was bombed and his health destroyed — works from a blanket on the ground in the marketplace, reading letters for people who cannot read or write. One day, he is arrested for having forbidden books, and the family is left without someone who can earn money or even shop for food.
As conditions for the family grow desperate, only one solution emerges. Forbidden to earn money as a girl, Parvana must transform herself into a boy, and become the breadwinner.
Readers will want to linger over this powerful graphic novel with its striking art and inspiring story.
DEBORAH ELLIS is the author of more than two dozen books, including The Breadwinner, which has been published in twenty-five languages and was recently adapted into a feature-length animated film and a graphic novel. She has won the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Middle East Book Award, the Peter Pan Prize, the Jane Addams Children’s Book Award and the Vicky Metcalf Award for a Body of Work. She has received the Ontario Library Association’s President’s Award for Exceptional Achievement, and she has been named to the Order of Canada. She has donated almost $2 million in royalties to organizations such as Women for Women in Afghanistan, UNICEF and Street Kids International.
Nora Twomey is co-founder and creative director of Cartoon Saloon, and was co-director of their Oscar® nominated animated feature The Secret of Kells and head of story on the follow-up film, the Oscar® nominated Song of the Sea. Nora is the director of The Breadwinner, an animated feature film adaptation of Deborah Ellis’s best-selling children’s novel.
Middle East Book Award
Sweden’s Peter Pan Prize
Baia delle Favole Prize
Rebecca Caudill Young Reader’s Award
Rocky Mountain Book Award, finalist
YALSA Popular Paperbacks for Young Adults
"All girls [should read] The Breadwinner by Deborah Ellis." — Malala Yousafzai, New York Times
“A great kids’ book … a graphic geopolitical brief that’s also a girl-power parable.” —Newsweek
“… an exceptional story that enlightens the reader about circumstances beyond comprehension and helps students understand that all of us in this global community share the same hopes, dreams, and fears.” —Resource Links
“[The books in the Breadwinner series] are terrifying indictments of what war can bring to children and a powerful testament to the ingenuity and strength of young people in times of terror.” —Book Links
“… a book … about the hard times — and the courage — of Afghan children.” —Washington Post